Palast der Republik in Berlin wins brief reprise

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21 November 2005, BERLIN - A parliamentary building erected three decades ago by communists in downtown Berlin won a brief reprieve Sunday before its impending demolition, with an art show in the conference centre being carried over by an extra day.

21 November 2005

BERLIN - A parliamentary building erected three decades ago by communists in downtown Berlin won a brief reprieve Sunday before its impending demolition, with an art show in the conference centre being carried over by an extra day.

The event, an exhibition of contemporary art called "Fraktale IV", which had been due to finish Saturday at the Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic), was still accepting visitors on Sunday because of public demand. Its theme, appropriately, is death.

With some leftist Berlin residents protesting at plans to tear down the building in early 2006, newspaper reports Saturday said more events were planned at the venue in December as if to demonstrate that it was still needed as an arts venue.

Police said a demonstration Saturday by those in favour of preserving the box-shaped building had brought out a crowd of 1,400.

The great concrete and steel building dominates the east end of Berlin's most famous street, Unter den Linden. Germany's parliament has voted to tear it down and build a replica royal palace on the site.

The former seat of East Germany's rubber-stamp parliament, the Palast was built between 1973 and 1976 in socialist style and stands in stark contrast to its mainly 19th century surroundings.

DPA

Subject: German news

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